This department takes the view that a good neurology service takes part in research and provides opportunities, with the appropriate discussion and consent, for patients to take part in research.
Current Department Research:
PD REHAB is a large, pragmatic, multicentre, randomised, controlled trial of combined occupational therapy (OT) and physiotherapy (PT) versus no therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) who report limitations in activities of daily living.
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Please click here for information about the European HD network (including Gloucestershire Royal Hospital).
This real life trial (click here) compares agonist, l-dopa and MAO B inhibitor as de-novo therapy in PD and is the largest ever long term PD study. It has now completed recruiting but will follow patients until 2019. First results will be reported in 2011.
Priorities in Parkinson's disease research:
The aim of this study is to elicit the views of patients with Parkinson's disease about priorities in research. It involves patients spending a single visit of two to three hours in a focus group at Glocuestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals. Packs are available in outpatients.
This is a voluntary research register for patients with Parkinson's disease, allowing them to be identified easily in national or local studies.